How to update ports for portmaster?

Jim Trigg jtrigg at
Sun Jun 30 23:09:02 UTC 2019

To explain it more fully, portsnap fetch followed by portsnap extract overwrites the current port tree. It does not affect installed ports. Then portsnap fetch followed by portsnap update updates the current port tree in place, again not affecting installed ports. Portmaster uses an existing port tree top modify the installed ports.

Jim Trigg 

On June 27, 2019 9:11:06 PM EDT, Ben Brink via freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions at> wrote:
>Thank you. I read the manual and refer to it first, which is why I'm
>asking. Context is often implied in the manuals, which I'm very good at
>This is on an image published by freebsd.
>The "bug" report explains exactly the symptoms and circumstances I'm
>dealing with. The report concludes that the ports tree needs updated,
>subsequently, that is my working diagnosis and prognosis.
>Apparently there's enough of ports on the image that installing
>portmaster via make install worked.
>The status of the ports tree on a new image published by is
>not clear to me. I must have missed the document that explains it or
>misunderstood where it is stated.
>Thank you again for taking the time to respond with information about
>what I should be doing to rebuild, update, or install ports..
>On Thursday, June 27, 2019, 4:54:00 PM PDT, RW via freebsd-questions
><freebsd-questions at> wrote:  
> On Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:16:48 -0400
>Lowell Gilbert wrote:
>> > I've also tried:
>> > portsnap update
>> > # but it complains that I need to portsnap extract also.. And yet,
>> > don't want to create voluminous storage.. and have two ports
>> > management systems in use.  
>> Well, portsnap update doesn't update your ports tree. Only the
>> step does that.
>Just to be clear, 'portsnap update' does update your ports tree if the
>tree has previously been initialized with a 'portsnap extract'.
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